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Common characteristics

Some of the common characteristics of an independent contractor include:

  • Furnishes equipment and has control over that equipment. 
  • Submits bids for jobs, contracts, or fixes the price in advance. 
  • Has the capacity to accept or refuse an assignment or work. 
  • Pay relates more to completion of a job. 
  • Work is usually intermittent with an expected start and end date. 
  • A firing can give rise to suit for breach of contract. 
  • Risk of capital – money invested in the work, a potential for loss or profit. 
  • Employment of others – hires and pays employees or subcontractors. 
  • Performs services for more than one person or business; has multiple customers. 
  • Economic independence – does not depend on any one client or customer for income. 
  • Holds oneself out as a contractor – represents to the public that this is a business.
  • Separate phone, business cards, and business advertising. 
  • Works under own trade name and not the trade name of person or business contracting the services. 
  • Performance affects own goodwill but not the person contracting the services. 
  • Owns an existing business that can be sold for more than the price of the assets. 
  • Has credit with suppliers, business lenders, and other vendors. 
  • Maintains insurance coverage for liability, errors, and omissions. 
  • Registered as an assumed business name or other legal business entity.
  • Has a local business license. 
  • Files taxes as self-employed. 
  • Performs services for customers of their choosing. 
  • Is not a part or component or anyone else's business.

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